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How to tell is something is Silver

I was detecting my Father in Laws farm and found a spoon head at about 5 inches. How can I tell if it is silver. Right now it is a dull gray color but when I dug it, my shovel left a scratch that is bright silver color. Magnet does not stick to it.
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Re: How to tell is something is Silver

999/1000 times silver will be obvious. Soil will not stick to it so it becomes very nice looking with nothing more than rinsing with water. If it has dark black on it, that could also indicate silver. If it is brown/very very dull, changes are it is not silver.
Post a pic up and most likely I"ll be able to tell.

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Re: How to tell is something is Silver

most silver is marked either sterling or .999 or it will say silver plate. It could be german silver which is an alloy with a lower percentage of pure silver, similar to the wartime silver nickles.

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Re: How to tell is something is Silver

.925 also denotes silver.
If you see silver plated, silver filled or silverplate, that is not a good thing. You should see the compound denoted on the back side of the neck of silverware.

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Re: How to tell is something is Silver

I will try to get a picture up tomorrow. It is only the "bowl" part of the spoon and not the handle. There are no markings on it. I am assuming if there were markings, it would be on the handle. My first thought is that it isn't, but it has been in the ground for a long time.

Thanks for the help. I am having a blast with this thing.
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Re: How to tell is something is Silver

Here is a good example: https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbt...15#Post3568715

That coin was in the ground for over 200yrs, what you see is not a coin that I polished or cleaned. Look at the wheat next to it. That is how they came out of the ground. That's what I mean by "soil doesn't stick to silver".

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